Tennessee interim coach Brady Hoke meets with the media after the Vols dropped to Vanderbilt

Brady Hoke is on the job hunt again.

The Carolina Panthers announced Monday they had fired Hoke amid his first season as the team’s defensive line coach. Carolina also dumped assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura. 

“In my judgment, I felt this was best for the team moving forward,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said in a news release. “These are always difficult decisions, and I thank Brady and Jeff for their hard work.”


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Hoke landed the job at Carolina after one season as Tennessee’s defensive line coach. He served as UT’s interim coach for the final two games after Butch Jones was fired. Hoke notified then-athletic director John Currie that he would like to be considered as UT’s next coach, but he wasn’t a candidate.

The job with the Panthers was Hoke’s first NFL job after a college coaching career that stretched back to the early 1980s.

Carolina dropped to 6-6 after Sunday’s 24-17 loss to Tampa Bay.